One hundred and thirty-eight (138) schools, including 28 out of 41 schools in Northeast Missouri, participated in this year’s Battle of the Belt Challenge, a competition to raise seat belt use among teens. Four area schools qualified for either silver or bronze banners.
Schools were recognized that reached gold (99-100 percent), silver (95-98 percent) or bronze (91-94 percent) levels of seat belt use.
Area Northeast Missouri schools recognized were: Highland High School, Ewing, Silver Banner, 97.83 percent; Marion County High School, Philadelphia, Silver Banner, 95.59 percent; Ralls County R-II (Mark Twain) High School, Center, Bronze Banner, 93.75 percent; Pike County R-III (Clopton) High School, Clarksville, Bronze Banner, 91.19 percent.
Participating schools launched two surprise seat belt checks at each school to measure student seat belt use before and after an educational campaign.
Northeast High School in Cairo won the Northeast Regional Award for the highest overall seat belt use achieving 100 percent seat belt use. Adair County R-1 High School in Novinger won the Northeast Regional award for the most improved seat belt use increasing their seat belt use from 38 percent to 97 percent.